Ballyvaloon is a small community in County Cork, not on a main road. Hamlets like Ballyvaloon are often havens for artists and artisans who find the quiet surroundings provide a good work environment. After some hikes among the bucolic scenery of the surrounding countryside, Laetitia and her group went to Ballyvaloon, where she had arranged for her group to meet with an artisan who made bodhráns for a demonstration of his craft and to see his wares.
After the demonstration, several of Laetitia’s group bought bodhráns. Laetitia offered to buy the craftsman a drink at the local pub and he had accepted. During the conversation at the pub, it emerged that in addition to his bodhrán-building craft, he made ends meet by acting as a sort of broker, organizing events that were a bit out of the ordinary. One of his more unusual feats was arranging for a local man to make love to his girlfriend in a hot air balloon. Advertising on the Internet, he was able to find a balloon pilot who owned his balloon and was willing to look the other way.
The event was not entirely successful. The client arrived jauntily dressed in a 1920s pilot outfit, complete with ascot, and the woman was clad in something Isadora Duncan might have worn. The balloon’s basket was so small that when the man dropped his pants, the radiant heat from the burner was excruciatingly hot on his buttocks. Then his ascot, flapping in the wind, passed too close to the flame and got scorched. Despite the affair’s shortcomings, the client and his girlfriend could claim to have done something highly unusual, the broker and balloon pilots received their fees, and Laetitia had another limerick.